It’s the dead of summer, 1989, in the heart of the Ozarks. An 18-year-old woman goes missing from Bella Vista, Arkansas. As the search moves forward, several suspects emerge. Then… a body is found not far from the Missouri border, and a homicide investigation begins. Soon, a second body is discovered nearby. What was a mystery transforms into the hunt for a possible serial killer stalking young women throughout the Ozarks. M. William Phelps digs in nearly 35 years later and begins to understand that things aren’t always what they seem.
Episode 1: “Forever Pain:”
In the heat of the Ozarks summer, 1989, an 18-year-old woman goes missing. Dana Stidham vanishes in the middle of the day, from the parking lot of a local supermarket. Everyone in the small town of Bella Vista, Arkansas, is seemingly searching for her. Law enforcement receives scores of sightings and potential leads. Dana’s family is frantic, concerned, but also hopeful… that is, until her car and clothing are found, several early suspects emerge, and a mystery 34 years in the making begins.
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Episode 2: “The Evidence of Things Not Seen:”
As the search for Dana Stidham continues, her sudden disappearance baffles family, friends, and police, as everyone grows increasingly alarmed that Dana has met with foul play. Then, a break in the case comes as Paper Ghosts executive producer, host and investigative journalist M. William Phelps heads to Bella Vista to meet with a source who helps him unravel several potential new threads—including, perhaps, a secret life Dana lived that no one knew about. New suspects emerge.
I am so impressed with Paper Ghosts!
I love the stories, the first hand accounts, the investigative feel, and the respect for the victims (living and deceased). It’s well written, well produced, interesting, and in a time with multiple true crime options— a feeling of originality! I wish there were 3 more seasons— no, 30 more! Excited to check out the new season in Feb’24 and his standalone podcast, Crossing the Line with M. William Phelps!
Decent show, awful ad experience
The show is okay. The ads, however, make it almost unlistenable. There are times where you have 4 minutes of ads, then one minute of show, then 4 more minutes of ads. I’d bet ads make up 40-50% of some of these episodes.
Totally understand podcasts need ads to be able to produce their shows, but this is behind excessive. It’s impossible to follow the story line with the constant ads. I swear there are more ads than content. Sadly, I don’t find the contents are worth enduring the constant interruptions.